On February 8, 2013, Entergy New Orleans, Inc. (“Entergy”) issued a press release announcing that it had discovered the cause of the power outage during the Super Bowl – an electrical relay device.  Entergy explained in its press release that the relay is a device designed to “protect equipment in the event of a cable failure between the switch gear and the stadium.”
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On January 9, 2013, Google announced its approximately $200 million equity investment in the Spinning Spur Wind Project, a 161 megawatt, 70 turbine wind facility built by EDF Renewable Energy in Oldham County, near Amarillo, Texas.  The energy created at Spinning Spur is contracted to Southwestern Public Service Company, which primarily serves customers in Texas and New Mexico.
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On December 5, 2012, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) released the results of a long-awaited study that it commissioned regarding the macroeconomic impacts of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) exports from the U.S.  Notably, the study, conducted by NERA Economic Consulting (“NERA”), concluded that “LNG exports have net economic benefits in spite of higher domestic natural gas prices.”  The study also determined that LNG exports from the U.S. would have a relatively small impact on domestic prices, and that LNG exports from the U.S. are “not likely to affect the overall level of employment in the U.S.”
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On September 5, 2012, Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”) announced it would be moving forward with the Quest carbon capture and storage (“CCS”) project in the oil sands near northern Alberta, Canada (“Quest Project”).  The Quest Project will be the world’s first commercial-scale CCS project in the Canadian oil sands.  Shell will hold majority ownership in the Quest Project and will serve as the designer, builder, and operator of the CCS facility.
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On July 22, 2012, NRG Energy, Inc. (“NRG”) and GenOn Energy, Inc. (“GenOn”) announced that the two companies intend to merge and operate under the name NRG Energy.  The companies claim that the merger, if completed, will create the nation’s largest competitive power generation company with approximately 47,000 MW serving the east, west, and Gulf Coast regions, and lead to $300 million in annual benefits in its first full year of operations.
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On April 11, 2012, the New York Energy Highway Task Force issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding ideas for developing New York State’s “aging energy infrastructure” and promoting clean energy supplies, jobs and economic growth.
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On February 29, 2012, GenON Energy, Inc. (“GenON”) announced its 2011 financial results, and plans to deactivate 3,140 MW of generating capacity in the PJM Interconnection LLC (“PJM”) region between 2012 and 2015.  GenON’s news release pointed to costs for additional environmental controls and stated that “forecasted returns on investments necessary to comply with environmental regulations are insufficient.”
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